Every year we wait with anticipation for Surrey Civic Theatres to drop their autumn line up of shows and concerts, and while nothing can replace the amazing experience of a live show, thanks to digital platforms, Surrey’s fall arts and cultural scene is just a click away. And as we continue to maintain physical distance and spend more time at home, it is more important than ever to nourish our minds and souls by immersing ourselves, even if just for an hour, in the creative worlds of these talented artists.
The Naad Malhaar Concert (English translation: Water Music)
Performed by the Indian Standard Time Trio
Premieres September 18, 2020 | 7–8pm
Join accomplished musicians, Amarjeet Singh, Baljit Singh and Bruce Harding for a show that is the perfect marriage of setting and song. Filmed in Surrey’s picturesque Darts Hill Garden Park, this talented trio will delight audiences with the enchanting and soothing sounds of the tabla, flute, and dilruba. (Available to watch online until Oct 30)
Me, My Mouth and I
Premieres October 2, 2020 | 8–9pm
Watch a screening of the cutting-edge documentary about neurodiversity in the arts, Touretteshero: Me, My Mouth and I. This documentary follows artist, activist, and performer, Jess Thom, who has Tourette’s syndrome, as she takes on the biggest creative challenge of her life. In Me, My Mouth and I, Jess takes the audience on a funny and unpredictable journey of discovery into one of Samuel Beckett’s most complex plays, Not I, and asks us to reconsider issues of representation and social exclusion. Warning: May contain strong language and content matter not suitable for all audiences. (Available to watch online until Nov 13)
What a Blast!
With Members of the Surrey City Orchestra
Premieres October 16, 2020 | 7–8pm
Enjoy a rousing performance from members of Surrey City Orchestra. This lively hour of music will feature musicians from the brass section, who will delight audiences with a variety of styles of music, all washed down with a selection of amusing stories and anecdotes. (Available to watch online until Nov 27)
The Flame: Scary Stories Edition
Premieres October 30, 2020 | 7–8pm
This Halloween, tune in for a night of Scary Stories from a variety of accomplished, local storytellers, hosted by award-winning actor and one of the creators of the Mom’s the Word series, Deborah Williams. (Available to watch online until Dec 11)
Bach on the Bench with the Bergmann Duo
Premieres November 12, 2020 | 11am–noon
Surrey Civic Theatres presents entertaining musicians and storytellers, The Bergmann Piano Duo. The performance will feature joyful and energetic music including a set of Beethoven variations, as well as pieces by Bach, and some Spanish/Latin music. (Available to watch online until Dec 24)
Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole
December 11, 2020 | 7–8pm
One performance only
Start your holiday season with a Canadian music tradition that spans more than three decades. Expect an evening of contemporary and signature Christmas music, along with stories creatively crafted by Tom Jackson. This performance will be one of several across Canada raising funds for local food banks and family service agencies. Virtual ticket required for this performance. Tickets go on sale September 18.
The following shows aired previously, but are still available for your viewing pleasure.
Available to watch online until Oct 15
The musical Ingenue celebrates the life of Deanna Durbin, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” and her friendship with Judy Garland. Judy Garland might be the icon and household name everyone knows today, but in the 1930s, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” was a far greater star. Durbin was a favourite of Franklin Roosevelt, Anne Frank, and Winston Churchill. Ingenue tells the story of Durbin’s life through the lens of a reporter visiting her home in Paris after her retirement and unravels the true forgotten tale of a lifelong friendship—and rivalry—of two Old Hollywood stars.
All of the above-mentioned performances can be viewed online at Surrey Civic Theatres Digital Stage. Keep up to date on Digital Stage events by subscribing to the Surrey Civic Theatres e-news as well as visiting the Theatres Facebook page.